Le Vieux La Prairie

Two weekends ago I took my bike for a spin around the old part of town, just across the main road from my suburb, which is tucked in behind a vast 18-hole golf course.

La Prairie is nothing to write home about – it’s fairly quiet and extremely simple. But when you visit the historic section of La Prairie, dit le Vieux La Prairie, that’s when you see its hidden charm.

Never thought I would use the word charm to describe La Prairie, but biking through its streets with colonial houses and cute terraces, pots of flowers and gardens everywhere, and the St-Lawrence River not far behind, I momentarily felt like I was biking in a sun-drenched coastal village in the South of France. Except there’s no sea here…

I went back by foot a week later, camera in hand. Enough said, allow me give you the tour now :)

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{ my favorite building }

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{ the local, old church that you can see from the island of Montreal }

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{ the ice cream and candy shop…an essential establishment to every town! }

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{ the old Post Office, finished in 1893 }

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{ a museum }

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{ perhaps this used to be an old saloon? anyways, it’s for sale now ;) }

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{ sea-inspired colours }

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{ an extremely small door }

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{ a house seemingly made entirely out of wood }

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Some interesting facts about La Prairie:

–          The first Europeans to occupy the area came in 1647.

–          It was in La Prairie where the first railway line in British North America was established in 1836.

–          In 1909, La Prairie obtained official city status.

And now for a Dina-made fact:

–          It still doesn’t have a Starbucks or Second Cup coffee. It has nice, local cafes though! But La Prairie hasn’t escaped capitalism –  now there’s a few chain restaurants, which I sometimes rarely visit in times of desperation.

Do you live in a town with an unexpected, hidden charm? Tell me about it!

xo Dina

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5 Responses to “Le Vieux La Prairie”
  1. Cymon says:

    I so love our town. It’s very charming and even my wife (who’s an American) is in love with La Prairie. Great pictures !

    • thank you cymon! i know it’s amazing how much we forget about this part of La Prairie…it’s a gem in an otherwise ho-hum town haha! i love cycling path too of course.

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